WORCESTER Warriors flanker Carl Kirwan has hit out at the club for not keeping hold of long-serving scrum-half Jonny Arr.

Kirwan said it was a “stupid decision to let him go” and Arr was “everything a rugby club should value” in a post on Twitter.

His message comes after it was announced Arr would end his 23-year association with Warriors at the end of the season.

Arr, 30, has made 217 appearances over 12 seasons for Worcester after coming through the club’s mini and junior section.

Carl Kirwan (@carlkirwan_7) said: “This guy is a legend. Stupid decision to let him go. He is everything a rugby club should value. See you on the PGA Tour, Jonny.”

Kirwan whose current deal is due to expire in the summer was among a number of Arr’s team-mates that took to social media to pay tribute to the homegrown star.

Darren‏ (@DarrenBarry90) said: “There aren’t many guys who do and give as much to their club as Jonny Arr.

“He represents himself and the club to the best of his ability at every chance!! What a bloke, and will undoubtedly be missed by players and supporters.

Niall Annett‏ (@NiallAnnett2) said: “What a shift you put into this club.

“Amazing amount of caps and experience. One of the best left foots I have ever seen and brave way beyond your size.

“Loved playing with you every time I got the chance. Top pro and a great friend.”

Wing Josh Adams and prop Simon Kerrod described Arr as a “legend” while fly-half Jamie Shillcock also wished him all the best.

“Top class bloke, done so much for the club on and off the field!,” said Jamie Shillcock (@JamieShillcock).

Warriors’ supporters also shared their views about Arr’s exit on Twitter.

Bob Low‏ (@MarleyLow) said: “It has been an honour and a joy to watch you play over the years, you've given your heart and soul to the club. Thank you.

“I am also honoured to have been able to get to know you as a bloke and wish the very best for the future. Legend.

Edd Cantle‏ (@EddCantle) said: “I think it’s a shame. He was a grass roots Worcester player through and through, homegrown talent that we should have found a way to support but he is only 30 so lots of opportunities out there. Good luck for the future, Jonny.”

Ange Lee‏ (@AngeJLee) said: “It has been a pleasure to watch you play for Warriors. Wishing you all the best for your future plans, whatever path you chose to take. We will all miss you.

Worcester Faithful‏ (@WorcsFaithful) said: “He is no worse than the other second/third choice scrum halves we have and have signed so this is extremely disappointing given how much he has contributed to the club.”

Kim Lennard‏ (@KimmyLennard) said: “Good luck Jonny. We wish you all the best.

“We will miss you greatly. You have been a fantastic servant to rugby and Warriors. Thank you for being a safe pair of hands and a joy to watch.”